Sno-Park: Cougar

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Access point for the Kalama Ski Trail, and 81 road snowmobile route. The trail system offers 25 miles of snowmobile trails and 18 kilometers ungroomed ski trails. All trails are multi-use and shared with non-motorized recreationists. Parking for approximately 15 vehicles.
Alert: The climbing route is closed to snowmobile users to improve safety for winter climbers, skiers and snowshoers. Climbing permits required for everyone above 4,800 feet on Mount St. Helens.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 4/19/2019: Some snow on the ground. No longer suitable for snowmobiles. No pass required for use. Forest Road 83 to Cougar Sno-Park mostly clear. Could be icy. No parking allowed on the road. Elevation 2,275 ft.
Fees  A Washington State Sno-Park pass is requried for parking. Passes are not available at the site, so purchase before your arrival.
Permit Info: Climbing permits are required year round for everyone traveling above 4,800 ft. elevation on the slopes of Mount St. Helens.
Usage: Light
Best Season: Winter
Busiest Season: Winter
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Restrooms at Kalama Horse Camp
Passes: A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required during the winter season.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters & Visitor Centers

General Information


From Cougar, WA drive 9 miles east on Lewis River Road (State Route 503/Forest Road 90) to Forest Road 83. Take Forest Road 83 north to Forest Road 8100 junction.

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